Whenever I think about maintenance and sustainability as a form of growth, I remember the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthains 15:3, “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me…” (NLT). This verse situates the present as the bridge between the past and the future. It’s about continuity!
Evidently, Apostle Paul is a fitting example of a “new light leader” who founded and championed many great initiatives in his capacity as an energetic, innovative, terrific, and extraordinary leader of the church. His unprecedented initiatives, as recorded in the Scriptures, have helped pushed the knowledge of many generations of Christians forward in the Christian faith.
But Apostle Paul was not only a pioneer of new initiatives, he also built on and tendered the legacies of others. There were instances in his ministry when Apostle Paul tendered the efforts of those who had laboured ahead of him as though they are the seedbeds upon which his own ninisterial “seeds” would be planted and sustained. What a balance!
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received.” By implication, Paul was admitting and proclaiming that the gospel that he was sharing was not original to him. He delivered it as it was given to him. In order words, it’s not “Paul’s gospel” in the sense that he was not the creator of thesame. He was only a transmitter and a custodian of that which was passed to him from the Lord Jesus Christ through His disciples.
Ever wondered why Apostle Paul did not create his own “gospel”, afterall many preachers do so nowadays? When it comes to preaching the gospel, Charlse H. Spurgeon asserts that: “We are not makers and inventors; we are repeaters, we tell the message we have received.”
Be encouraged, my friend. We do not all have to start something new just to leave a legacy, tending and maintaining what someone else has started can give us the same result. Growth is not just about innovation, it’s also about preservation, continuity, and stability.
Serving God and the interest of His kingdom demands continuity. Beloved, rejoice if all that the Lord is asking you to undertake for Him, in your leadership responsibility now, is to tender the works of those who had laboured ahead of you in your institution. I say it again, rejoice! Achieving that is not a mean feat as far as God is concerned.
The admonition of Apostle Paul is fitting for our conclusion of this reflection: “Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men” (Col. 3:23, Amplified Bible).